the curious case of japan

  Japan is certainly an interesting place. You won’t get quite as lost in translation as you would have 15 years ago, but the country has managed to retain a lot of its idiosyncrasies and cultural traits despite the obvious influences from the West. And there are so many! From the simple ones like no …

don’t go to iran

  “… you might just fall in love”. That’s how I thought I’d start this post (inspired by this video) after buying the tickets for my 10 day trip and reading up on this otherwise atypical tourist destination. That’s what my research showed me — that it was a country that took you by surprise, …

search for meaning in the nepal himalaya

  *** Update: Less than a week after we returned from Nepal, the 7.9 earthquake struck… what a disaster! We’re all lucky, but also really saddened by the news of this tragedy that is still unfolding in Nepal. Even the news that my post will be featured by WordPress is bittersweet, the upside of which …

run boy run

  My awesome Adidas sneakers have faithfully carried me through rain and shine, sleet and snow over 6 continents and more than 20 countries in the past 5 years! As much I didn’t want to admit it, it was time to throw them out but it really didn’t feel right to just leave them somewhere …

the russian market in phnom penh

The so called Russian market in Phnom Penh is an interesting mix of sights, sounds, and smells. Although it has nothing to do with Russia really (the name stuck in the 80’s when most foreigners in town were in fact from I guess the Soviet Union at that time), it is definitely one of the …